City of Cape Coral discussing new park projects

Leaders in Cape Coral have given the go ahead to a number of park projects. But the city wants to make sure these parks are what you and your family want.

Even in the dead of summer, Luke Tran likes to take his children outside to play. Koza/Saldino is their new favorite spot.

“They seem to love it. They’re not too overly exhausted from the heat and rosy cheeks,” Tran said.

Koza/Saldino is one of the city’s newly renovated parks thanks to Cape Coral’s $60 million dollar park expansion project. A brand new playground, shade structuring and wifi are just a few of the amenities Tran enjoys.

“We’re about three blocks away from here and it’s actually pretty convenient so I’ll probably come here more often,” said Tran.

There are four other park renovation projects upcoming for the city: Cultural Park, Gator Circle, Sands Park and Oasis Woods (aka Joe Coviello Park). The parks are set to feature walking paths, shaded picnic areas, playgrounds and more.

Mike Ilczyszyn is the Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Cape Coral. “The whole idea is to improve the quality of life. That is what we’re looking to do, provide outdoor recreational opportunities for our residents and visitors,” he said.

Candice Wilson says she lives near one of the planned parks and is excited for it to open so her family can utilize it. “We also home school so it’s extra important that we can utilize these things during the day,” Wilson said.

Cape Coral City Council plans to discuss the construction of the parks at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday. If they are approved, the goal is for the parks to be finished one year after they break ground.

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
Writer:Drew Hill
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